Keely’s maiden barrel victory
Success is sweet
A HEARTY crowd was on hand to watch the 11th annual Murphys Creek Fossil Downs Bush Rodeo at the weekend.
The friends and family of Coominya teenager Keely Payne (pictured) had plenty of reasons to cheer as she claimed her first win at an NRA event on her mare Roo.
EACH year it seems to only get bigger and better.
The Murphys Creek Fossil Downs Bush Rodeo has raised funds for the Toowoomba Hospital Foundation for the past 11 years. Funds go towards the hospital’s oncology and renal units.
Foundation CEO Alison Kennedy said the event had raised over $26,000.
“It takes a lot to put on an event and we do a lot our selves obviously, but when somebody else puts all the hard work and effort in and then hands you a cheque towards a specificised fundraising initiative like this, it just makes our life so much easier.
“We’re really, really thankful for this beautiful community group.”
Final figures raised from the event on Saturday are still being calculated.
Coominya’s Keely Payne was victorious in the under-18 barrel racing event with a time of 15.460 to take out her first ever win at an National Rodeo Association event.
The 15-year-old has only been riding her new horse Roo for the past month.
“I adore rodeo and I live and breathe horses,” Keely said. “I have my family and friends to push me to success and support me endlessly.”
■ For more photos from the day and shots of the action in the ring, check out the Gatton Star website.
DRESSED TO IMPRESS: Hagen Byrnes of Toowoomba at the Murphys Creek Fossil Downs Bush Rodeo on Saturday.
Keira, John and Lina Klein of Russell Island with Pip watch the action in the ring.
Brandon, Elias, Abel and Ashley Hall of Toowoomba.
Christine Eggins and Stephanie Formosa of Toowoomba.
Peta Browne and Cooper Cranston.
Katie Everingham Toowoomba with Jinx. of